Bejeweled Memories

Transcendental Tunes is a music player set with digital jewelry that offers an alternative route to treating Alzheimer’s patients. It is developed under the premise that “people living with Alzheimer’s don’t lose their memories, but lose their capacity to reach them.” The digital jewels store songs that are relevant to the patient and hopes to trigger their memory in order to make them feel connected.

José explains, “After the care partner chooses a song that connects him with the patient living with Alzheimer’s, he stores the meaningful song on a digital jewelry piece. A metallic icon that works as an RFID antenna, housed by a translucent gem, triggers the song when placed on top of a vintage-looking audio device. This digital jewel becomes not only the carrier of an auditory stimulus, but the physicality of the jewel also carries a meaningful connection for the care partner.

The old-looking wooden audio artifact, which has no knobs, buttons or displays, has been designed with the Alzheimer patient in mind. A patient living with Alzheimer’s cannot recognize new objects as musical-providing devices. The readability of the object has to be subtle and quiet.”

Basically the idea is to trigger memories and hopefully find a new of making the caregiver and the patient feel connected.

Designer: José de la O

    8 Comments

    • sikiş says:

      ı think, it is so classical.

    • Ling says:

      Hope it goes far.

    • tecavüz says:

      it looks an imitasion gold :)

    • Good job! This project has a merit for its glimpse of the theme. We still know very little about Alzheimer and the treatment could benefit a lot from this kind of iniciative.

      This post explains too little about the medical background of the proposal. How could a recorded song affect the patient to withdraw memories? In which moment of the treatment this object is used and how often? Who manipulates the speaker, the patient or the care giver?

      This answers could provide a better analysis of the interface. So far I perceived it as very good. It’s minimal, simple, easy-to-use. I wonder if the jewel requires a specific plug when it’s connected to the speaker. If so, It would be hard for a Alzheimer patient whose one of the symptons is shaking hands to fit an object of fine tuning.

      As to the form, the speaker has a classical design, It reminds me of antique speakers, and reminds me of music. The jewels, whatsoever, remind me of old, pre-modern style jewerly design, which doesn’t resamble with the speaker or music. If the Alzheimer patient can’t recongnize and memorize new objects, could he make new associations with previous ones? In other words, even if it looks like design from their youth, could the patients learn that this jewel is for music?

      And what is the relation of the pattern applied to each jewel to the identification of music? Could one patient have more than one song and therefore, more than one jewel to put on the speaker?

      This post could benefit from a more extensive explanation on the project, which seems to be a really good one :) But not explained efficiently by this text and images.

    • Vandigo says:

      I . . . I want one.

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